Corey Lewandowski Mocks Immigrant Child With Down Syndrome Taken From Mother: 'Wah, Wah'
Americans on the other side of the debate are not happy.
Corey Lewandowski has sparked outrage with two words.
When told during a Fox News segment about a 10-year-old with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother at the southern border, the former campaign manager of President Trump replied, "Wah wah."
Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas, also on the segment, brought up the subject and was the first to chastise Lewandowski.
"Did you just say, 'Wah wah' to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother?" Petkanas asked.
Lewandowski attempted to clarify.
"What I said is you can pick anything you want... but the bottom line is very clear: When you cross the border illegally, you have given up the rights of this country," he said.
Petkanas' sentiment of, "How dare you?" has been echoed across social media in the wake of Lewandowski's remark.
“Corey Lewandowski, you are a piece of s***,” "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick tweeted.
Actress Mary McCormack echoed Kendrick's outrage. "Oh my lord. What have we become?" she tweeted.
Meghan McCain, "The View" panelist and daughter of Sen. John McCain, also spoke out, saying, "This is so horrible, even by Lewandowski standards."
Anger at Lewandowski comes as more and more in Hollywood, Washington and America in general are slamming the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy to arrest undocumented immigrants at the border and separate them from their children.
Trump has, thus far, praised his widely criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and continued to double-down on the border tactics.
"We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally," Trump tweeted amid mounting calls to end the policy Tuesday. "Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions."
As CNN notes, Lewandowski refused to retract his statement when asked about an apology on another Fox News spot Wednesday.
"An apology? I owe an apology to the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated. We owe an apology to Jamiel Shaw and Brian Terry and Kate Steinle's family who have allowed those individuals to be killed by illegal aliens," Lewandowski said in reference to several slain Americans. "The American people owe an apology to those people. When you cross the border illegally, you have committed a crime and there is accountability for committing crimes and there should be."
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